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MCA Program Calendar: Upcoming Events and Deadlines


through Sept 2: Joe Dumais and Katie Thurlow @ The Center for Maine Craft

Aug 16: Master Craft Artist Award Presentation 6pm in Belfast

August 16 – 18: Maine Crafts Guild Belfast Fine Craft Show

Aug 24: Portland Fine Craft Show


Sept 6: Sign Up Deadline for November Downeast Magazine Co-Op Ad

Sept 14: Darkness and the Light: Curatorial Talk with Lissa Hunter

Sept 14 & 15: Maine Crafts Guild Scarborough Fine Craft Show

Sept 23: Artist Application Deadline: Tandem Holiday Open House & Fundraiser

Oct 1-31: 2019 Craft Apprentice Program Exhibition @ Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts

Oct 4: 2019 CAP Exhibition Opening @ Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts

Oct 5-6: Maine Craft Weekend 2019

Oct 26 & 27: Maine Crafts Guild Brunswick Fine Craft Show

Oct 27: Master Craft Exhibition @ Fuller closes

Dec 7: Tandem Holiday Open House & Fundraiser 12-5pm

Dec 13-15: MCA Mentor Booth @ CraftBoston Holiday

Dec 14: Tandem Holiday Open House & Fundraiser 12-5pm

Find an Event Calendar and Artist Deadlines on the MCA website.

Image: MCA Management Staff, photo credit and gratitude to Maine photographer Michael D. Wilson!

News & Opportunities from the Maine Crafts Association

MCA Program Calendar: Upcoming Events and Deadlines


Jan 15: Sign Up Deadline for Maine Gallery Guide Co-Op Ad

Jan 19: M2M Workshop: Speed Designing with Jolene McGowan

Jan 31: Portland Fine Craft Show Application Deadline

February: Registration opens for Maine Craft Weekend

Feb15: Sign Up Deadline for Mother’s Day Ad in Downeast Magazine

April 5: Sign Up Deadline for June Maine Magazine Co-Op Ad

May 3: Sign Up Deadline for July Downeast Magazine Co-Op Ad

May 9-12: Annual MCA Workshop Weekend @ Haystack

June 9: Public Opening Reception MCA Master Craft Artist Ten-Year Anniversary Exhibition @ Fuller Craft Museum

June 1: 2019 Seconds & Supplies SALE @ Running with Scissors

June 28: Sign Up Deadline for Portland Monthly Art Annual Co-Op Ad

Sept 6: Sign Up Deadline for November Downeast Magazine Co-Op Ad

Oct 5-6: Maine Craft Weekend 2019


APPLY by January 31, 2019

Call for exhibitors for the 5th Annual Portland Fine Craft Show, August 24 from 9am-5pm on Congress Street in Portland, ME. Apply as a fine craft artist working in baskets, ceramics, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone or wood. The Portland Fine Craft Show remains one of the only Maine craft shows open to artists not living in Maine, and has a reputation for being well-organized and high quality, with high attendance.


Elena Kubler | Owner/Curator, The Turtle Gallery
Kazeem Lawal | Owner/Curator, Portland Trading Co.
Anja Levitties | Chair, 2019 Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show


January 19, 2019: Speed Designing with Jolene McGowan

Are you looking to grow your 2019 audience and further your visual web presence? Join us in Ellsworth at Artsworth for a new professional development workshop! Participants will leave this workshop with their own Mailchimp account and a completed promotional flier designed and created in Adobe Spark featuring their work or business. All of this will be accomplished in one workshop, setting the participant up for future promotions.


Craft Apprentice Program Application Deadline is 12/9


Craft Apprentice Program 2017

Application Deadline: Friday December 9, 4pm

Learn More and Apply:

“Single” applicants are invited to fill out this form for matching purposes:

CAP Match Maker

Craft Apprentice Program

“CAP is a very welcome opportunity for me to share my love, enthusiasm, talent and insight, and to do my part to ensure the skills are carried onward into a new generation.”
– Doug Wilson, 2016 CAP alumni master blacksmith

Our Program
The Maine Craft Apprentice Program (MaineCAP) lasts for seven months; March – September. Applicants apply jointly, providing clear, agreed upon goals, a basic plan for how goals will be achieved, and a proposed budget for the apprentice’s honorarium. Both must also submit resumes and images of current work.

Eligibility requires participants to be at least eighteen years of age, current Maine residents, and apprentices must demonstrate foundational skills in the medium they wish to pursue.

Selection Process
Applications are reviewed by a panel of Maine professionals for a first round elimination. The panel also interviews the finalist pairs with awards given to two or more joint applicants.

Both receive honorariums based on a recommended one hundred hours of one-on-one training ($3000 to the master, $1000 to the apprentice). The honorarium for the master artist covers their time and transference of knowledge/expertise, while the apprentice’s funds are for supplies/equipment.

A majority of the training happens at the master’s studio. Occasionally they visit other studios or events of relevance to their goals. Although we provide a distinct structure for implementation, MaineCAP also allows for adaptations as the pair sees fit to maximize the experience for each. MaineCAP requires that the pair submit interim and final reports.

The Exhibition
To close the program, all artists participate in an exhibition at LA Arts in Lewiston. Maine Magazine is the 2017 exclusive magazine sponsor of the program’s exhibition Masters & Apprentices: Work from Maine’s Craft Apprentice Program.

Craft Apprentice Program 2017 Information Session

LA Arts
221 Lisbon Street
Lewiston Maine
November 2, 7-8pm
2017 CAP Application Deadline is December 9, 4pm
To learn more about applying to CAP, Maine craft artists are invited to attend a CAP 2017 information session with MCA director, Sadie Bliss at LA Arts November 2, 7-8pm.
The session will also provide an opportunity to meet prospective masters and apprentices in search of a match.
“Single” applicants are invited to fill out this form for matching purposes regardless of attending the 11/2 session: CAP Match Maker

For More information please visit:

Five Maine Artists Featured in Idea Lab October 7

PrintThe Maine Arts Commission is proud to present five diverse Maine artists in a fast-paced Idea Lab, modeled on the pecha kucha format, to open a full day of activities in its second Maine International Conference on the Arts at the Bates Mill in Lewiston on Friday, October 7. The Idea Lab, in which artists will present their current innovations in their craft, is scheduled to begin the day with a strong dose of inspiration for the artists, arts organizations, arts educators, community developers, and policy makers attending the conference.

The Idea Lab will feature these Maine artists from five different artistic disciplines:

Marsha Donahue

Marsha Donahue

Marsha Donahue, Visual Arts, Millinocket. The owner and founder of North Light Gallery, Marsha has degrees in the fine arts from American University and the Maine College of Art and cites as inspirations Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent.

Nancy Frohlich

Nancy Frohlich

Nancy Frohlich, Arts Education, Rockport. The founding director of Leaps of Imagination, Nancy has worked in small schools as a Head of School, Director of Studies, and teacher. Her earliest training came from Sybil Marshall, a renowned British educator, who believed that a classroom is like a symphony: one subject should flow into and connect with the others, like instruments in an orchestra. 

Salim Salim

Salim Salim

Salim Salim, Literature, Bowdoin College. Salim speaks five languages and was born and raised in the city of Mosul, Iraq. Salim’s family was forced to escape due to increasingly risky security issues. After leaving Iraq, Salim and his family came to the United States in 2010, where he attended Portland’s Deering High School. Salim credits organizations like Seeds of Peace, The Telling Room, and TEDxDirigo for helping him maximize his potential as an immigrant living in America.

Sarah Sockbeson

Sarah Sockbeson

Sarah Sockbeson, Traditional Arts, Lewiston. Sarah creates handcrafted authentic Penobscot ash basketry made from the finest quality brown ash and sweetgrass and woven with traditional Maine Wabanaki techniques. She is a third generation participant in the Maine Arts Commission’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program, having apprenticed with Jennifer Neptune in 2004.

Daniel Sonenberg

Daniel Sonenberg

Daniel Sonenberg, Performing Arts, South Portland. Daniel is a composer and performer. He is best known for his opera, The Summer King, about Negro League baseball legend Josh Gibson. The opera was premiered in concert format in a joint presentation by Portland Ovations and the University of Southern Maine at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium in May 2014, with the support of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.  It will receive its staged world premiere by Pittsburgh Opera in 2017.

 Following the Idea Lab, the Maine International Conference on the Arts will offer 20 breakout sessions in five tracks to support the growth and development of individual artists, arts organizations, and communities; as well as 12 pop-up performances by Maine artists; an Exhibition Hall; a walking tour of Lewiston-Auburn; and a lunchtime keynote. The keynote, “Stop Asking for Permission! Leading from a Place of Making (Things Happen),” will be delivered by Sherry Wagner-Henry, director of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the University of Wisconsin.

To see further presenter, workshop, and schedule details and to register for the Maine International Conference on the Arts please go to To learn more about the Maine Arts Commission’s current and future programs please go to You may also join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @MaineArts.

Masters + Apprentices on view at LA Arts


Masters + Apprentices: Work from Maine’s Craft Apprentice Program, will be on view at LA Arts, 221 Lisbon St. in Lewiston, ME from October 6 through November 7, 2016. The opening reception Thursday October 6, 4-7pm is free and open to the public. The exhibition highlights work from the Craft Apprentice Program (CAP), a seven-month statewide mentoring program founded in 2016 for contemporary craft practitioners.

Exhibiting Artists
Anne Emlein (master) + Rose Allard
Doug Wilson (master) + James Crawford
Linda Perrin (master) + Jacquelyn Jensen

Maine’s Craft Apprentice Program is a joint project of the Maine Craft Association and the Maine Arts Commission; Maine magazine is the exclusive 2016 magazine sponsor of CAP and the exhibition; CAP partnered with LA Arts to host the exhibition in their newly renovated space.

On view is new work created during the apprenticeship period, March-September 2016, by the 2016 CAP participants: master blacksmith Doug Wilson of Little Deer Isle, ME and apprentice James Crawford of Waldo, ME, master fiber artist Anne Emlein of Portland, ME and apprentice Rose Allard of Portland, ME, and master glass artist Linda Perrin of Ellsworth, ME and apprentice Jacquelyn Jenson of Bar Harbor, ME.

The public is invited to meet 2016 CAP artists at an opening reception for the exhibition from 4-7pm on October 6 at LA Arts in Lewiston, Maine.

CAP provides Maine craft artists with a relevant and alternative educational experience, and promotes craft as a viable career path. Master/apprentice pairs are selected for CAP through a competitive application process for which apprentices must demonstrate foundational skills in the medium they wish to pursue. Participants must be Maine residents, and establish clear goals for the apprenticeship period. Both master and apprentices receive honorariums and complete at least 100 apprenticeship hours. Program information, participant profiles, FAQs and application are available at The 2017 CAP application deadline is December 9, 2016

CAP 2017 Q&A Workshop: To learn more about applying to CAP Maine craft artists are invited to attend a CAP 2017 Question and Answer session with MCA director, Sadie Bliss at LA Arts November 2, 7-8pm. Please rsvp